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Ophthalmology Residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital / MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Residency Program in Ophthalmology

Chairman: Jay M. Lustbader, MD
Program Director: Michael Summerfield, MD


The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center ophthalmology residency program is a fully accredited, three-year program that combines top technology, expert clinicians/educators, and experience in resident education to present a challenging and rewarding training opportunity.

Established in July 2002 from the integration of two independently excellent and longstanding programs, this residency provides trainees with access to a large teaching faculty, a broad clinical and surgical experience, and a very diverse patient population.  Training is scheduled at a variety of institutions optimizing residents’ exposure to a range of ocular conditions and culminates in a unique opportunity for senior residents to assume charge of their own clinic practices. 

Washington National Eye Center (WNEC) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the primary training venue for the residency program.  WNEC is one of the largest and most complete ophthalmology clinics in the metropolitan Washington area, including facilities for laser therapy, ultrasonography, digital fluorescein angiography, visual fields, OCT, Pentacam, auto refraction, and corneal topography, in addition to fully-equipped examination and minor procedure rooms.  Its vitreoretinal service is the busiest in the Washington, D.C., area and one of the largest in the United States.

Residents complement their training at WNEC with major rotations at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH), the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRB), INOVA Fairfax Hospital (FFX), and Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC).  Training at these locations serves to broaden their clinical and surgical experiences and allows them to explore areas of subspecialty training.

Ophthalmology-Res-7_09_13.pptOphthalmology Program Overview   (PowerPoint presentation).

For more information, contact:

Penelope Helfgott
Executive Director
Washington National Eye Center
110 Irving Street, N.W., Suite 1A-1
Washington, D.C. 20010
Phone: (202) 877-6159